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Catherine T. Murray Memorial Scholarship

The Catherine T. Murray Memorial Scholarship supports the philosophy and spirit of OSCIL by facilitating access to education for persons having disability.

The Catherine T. Murray Memorial Scholarship was established in 1995 by Catherine Murray, a long-time educator and also a board member and valued volunteer at the Ocean State Center for Independent Living. It was her wish to support the philosophy and spirit of OSCIL through a scholarship that gives people with disability access to higher education.

Grants of $1000+ are awarded to help students with a disability to continue their education past high school. Scholarship funds can be used for educational expenses such as tuition or the purchase of textbooks. They may also be used to obtain assistive/adaptive equipment or devices that aid the student in meeting their educational goals.

Selection Criteria:

To qualify for this scholarship applicants must:

  • be a Rhode Island resident
  • have a significant disability
  • plan to attend a college, technical school, or a trade/vocational program in the upcoming academic year

Preference is based on career goals, merit, and economic need.

How to Apply

Please note that the deadline has passed for the 2022 scholarship application period.

The application for the 2023 Catherine T. Murray Scholarship will be available in winter of 2023.


For any questions concerning the application process, please contact Carol McKenna by email at [email protected].